Xdm and startx

Craig Colton meerkats at bellsouth.net
Mon Oct 22 15:35:56 PDT 2001

On Monday 22 October 2001 01:16 pm, you wrote:
> I compiled Xfree 4.1.0 and after some trouble (Thanks to Cris..) i made
> progresses.
> Still remain a (not little) problem: if i execute xdm it's all ok but if i
> run startx then i get this error: "xauth:command not found"
> Where is this silly problem? Anybody knows?
> Bye,
>      Stefano  "The Spider"  Ragno

There are some much more capable than I of tackling this, but noone's 
stepping up to the plate - so I'll try.
Seems like I had this problem or one like it and I tweaked 
/etc/X11/xdm/xdm-config. See if yours looks like mine. I think I changed the 
"DisplayManager._  authorize: from true to false. This solved my problem, but 
it may have opened a security hole. I wasn't too worried using dial-up on my 
home computers, but one should probably find a proper solution to this (don't 
know where). See if this doesn't help, at least you'd know where the problem 
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! $Xorg: xdm-conf.cpp,v 1.3 2000/08/17 19:54:17 cpqbld Exp $
! $XFree86: xc/programs/xdm/config/xdm-conf.cpp,v 1.7 2001/01/17 23:45:24 dawes Exp $
DisplayManager.errorLogFile:	/var/log/xdm-errors
DisplayManager.pidFile:		/var/run/xdm-pid
DisplayManager.keyFile:		/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/xdm/xdm-keys
DisplayManager.servers:		/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/xdm/Xservers
DisplayManager.accessFile:	/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/xdm/Xaccess
DisplayManager.willing:		su nobody -c /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/xdm/Xwilling
! All displays should use authorization, but we cannot be sure
! X terminals will be configured that way, so by default
! use authorization only for local displays :0, :1, etc.
DisplayManager._0.authorize:	false
DisplayManager._1.authorize:	false
! The following three resources set up display :0 as the console.
DisplayManager._0.setup:	/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/xdm/Xsetup_0
DisplayManager._0.startup:	/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/xdm/GiveConsole
DisplayManager._0.reset:	/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/xdm/TakeConsole
DisplayManager*resources:	/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/xdm/Xresources
DisplayManager*session:		/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/xdm/Xsession
DisplayManager*authComplain:	false

! SECURITY: do not listen for XDMCP or Chooser requests
! Comment out this line if you want to manage X terminals with xdm
DisplayManager.requestPort:	0

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